Why Hunt’s cuts to national insurance might not boost the Tories

Why Hunt’s cuts to national insurance might not boost the Tories

Jeremy Hunt is expected to cut national insurance by 2% in his budget tomorrow but I wonder if that is enough to swing things round for the Tories without extra support for the public services. This budget doesn’t seem to indicate a May budget, as the cut will only really be seen in on payslip before a May election. But soaking the hard working higher rate taxpayers seems to be popular. The politics of envy sadly appears to be popular….

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Could Corbyn defect to Galloway’s party?

Could Corbyn defect to Galloway’s party?

One day back in Parliament and George Galloway is throwing a lot excrement at the Labour fan. First there is the offer to Jeremy Corbyn to defect which may appeal to the enabler of a Tory majority but deep I think he is a Labour man at heart and despite his suspension it will be against his natural instinct to stand again Labour at the general election. I cannot see any betting markets on Corbyn to win a seat at…

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Record breaking Rishi

Record breaking Rishi

One of the reasons the PB editorial team love Ipsos polling is that it goes back nearly half a century so we have a lot precedents to compare their polling, which can be occasionally bouncy due to their turnout filter, but their leader satisfaction ratings also help give context. What should alarm Sunak and the Tories are their recording breaking lows, he is polling worse than Truss and Johnson at the time of their nadirs whilst the Tories hit their…

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Starmer needs to go on a crusade

Starmer needs to go on a crusade

Looking at these figures both Starmer and Sunak are seen as handling events in the Holy Land very badly. I suspect this is an artefact of seeing what looks like and feels like collective punishment being delivered on the Palestinians and driving sympathy towards the Palestinians. Starmer should go on a crusade to reassure the voters that he is on their side on this issue but point out we no longer live in the Sykes-Picot era and what a UK…

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Sunak’s hypocrisy laid bare

Sunak’s hypocrisy laid bare

Perhaps I am being harsh on Sunak and it is not hypocrisy but impotence by Sunak. Contrast Starmer’s brave and correct decision on removing the whip from Jeremy Corbyn. TSE

This is not sustainable for the Tories

This is not sustainable for the Tories

That chart above is quite stark, the Tory Party is now the Party of Pensioners. The Tories at their best is about aspiration and helping workers move up the ladder but now it is about featherbedding (home owning) pensioners. Why I do not think it is sustainable long term for the Tories is that you cannot continually tax workers until the pips squeak to pay for a largely economically inactive pensioner client vote, particularly when in large swathes of the…

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